Marc Davies

Academic profile

Dr Marc Davies

Senior Technician (Isotope Mass Spectrometry)
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

The Global Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Marc's work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

Goal 11: SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGoal 14: SDG 14 - Life Below Water

About Marc

My role is to manage, maintain and develop the isotope mass spectrometry facilities within the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences. This involves supporting research and teaching through technique development and the provision of analytical services for measuring the isotopic composition of a range of environmental samples and other materials. Currently, these facilities are housed in three specialist laboratories:

 The Stable Isotope Laboratory with two isotope ratio mass spectrometers and dedicated elemental analysers, gas preparation modules, and a GC with pyrolysis and combustion oven for compound specific analyses, together with a recirculating chemical work station and microbalance for sample preparation.

The Thermal Ionisation Mass Spectrometry Laboratory with a thermal ionisation mass spectrometer, and associated sample preparation facilities including two spot welders, a clean air loading station and a degasser.

The Sample Preparation Laboratory Suite comprises a small semi-clean laboratory with a HF rated fume cupboard, and larger general purpose laboratory with a fume cupboard used partly for reagent distillation, a clean air box and weighing station. Together, both laboratories are equipped for sample digestion, micro-distillation and column chemistry.


2015 – Pres. Current teaching includes the supervision of MGEOL project work, and training of post graduate and post-doctoral researchers in laboratory techniques and isotopic analysis

2010 Associate Lecturer (Geology), Understanding the Continents (S339), Open University

2003, 04, 07, 08, 10 Senior Tutor (Geology), Mountain Building in Scotland (SXR339), Open University

2001, 02, 09, 11 Senior Tutor (Geology), The Geological History of the British Isles (SXR260), Open University

1994 – 2000 Lecturer in Geography and Environmental Science, A level, IB, Access, GNVQ and BSc foundation), Stourbridge College

1993 – 1994 Lecturer in Environmental Issues, Housing and Urban Development, Access, South Bristol College

1991 – 1994 Lecturer in Geography, Urban Development and Environmental Studies, A level, Access and GCSE), Soundwell College, Bristol

Contact Marc

603B Davy Building, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA
+44 1752 584987